Batman Monthly was launched by London Editions Magazines, later Fleetway Editions, in July 1988 and ran for 56 issues until February 1993. It was then relaunched for a further volume of 11 issues from March 1993 to January 1994. Then the series was merged with Fleetway's Superman title and the numbering restarted again under the title Batman & Superman; this lasted another eleven issues. All issues featured reprints of American Batman stories, with the first two years worth focusing largely on stories from the 1970s and early 1980s (and the occasional older story) and later issues bringing the character more up to date with stories from the late 1980s and early 90s. The first issue carried a free gift of a cover-mounted Batman badge.